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New café launches to help others

A new café has launched in Rotherham with the aim of helping people to get essential work experience to support them getting a job or re-entering education.

The café, run by Flourish Enterprises, a not-for-profit social enterprise opened its doors at The Woodlands, a hospital unit for people aged over 65 who have mental health needs. The Woodlands is based at the rear of Rotherham Hospital, off Moorgate.

The café, which serves a range of refreshments, home-made cakes, sandwiches, salads and fruit pots, is open to all, including patients, their families, carers and staff.

Wendy Parkes, Flourish Enterprises’ Operations Manager, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and have a drink or bite to eat.

“Flourish Enterprises provides work and vocational opportunities to people who need support to get back into education or employment and we hope that our new café at The Woodlands will support people to do this.

“We already run a tea room, events centre and a small garden centre in Doncaster, which are successful, and we thought we’d expand into our neighbouring town.”

Pictured from the left is: Chairman of RDaSH Lawson Pater together with Flourish Enterprises staff, volunteers and nurses from The Woodlands who attended the launch event.

Pictured from the left is: Chairman of RDaSH Lawson Pater together with Flourish Enterprises staff, volunteers and nurses from The Woodlands who attended the launch event.